Research Assistant Job Description

WHAT DO RESEARCH ASSISTANTS DO?

Research Assistants use multiple streams of data to find information. They use the internet, surveys, legal documents, and other published research to help the person they are assisting collect information.

Research assistants are mostly found in the social science or laboratory setting. These research assistants are often undergraduates looking to get credit for assisting a professor in their research, and will perform experiments under their supervision. However, some research assistants might work for novel writers, newspaper reporters and other professions that might might need someone to track down information.

HOW MUCH DO RESEARCH ASSISTANTS MAKE?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2010 median income for social science research assistants was $18.66 an hour, or $38,800 annually.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Typically, for non-students, you need at least an associate's degree, preferably a bachelor's degree, in a field related to the position

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Communication: Research assistants need to be able to speak and write about their findings clearly, as well as understand assignments and instructions.
  • Attention to Detail: Finding the right information takes concentration.
  • Critical Thinking: Research assistants need to use decisive reasoning to determine the best course of action in their research.
  • Technical Skills: Research assistants will use computers to research their information, as well as record their findings.